Monday, November 3, 2008

One vote, two balls

As appearing on the ballot in New Jersey, your 2008 candidates for the presidency of the United States:

John Mc Cain [sic] & Sarah Palin (Republican)
Barack Obama & Joe Biden* (Democrat)
Bob Barr & Wayne A. Root (Libertarian Party)
Ralph Nader & Matt Gonzalez (Independent)
Gloria La Riva & Eugene Puryear (Socialism and Liberation)
Jeffrey "Jeff" Boss** & Andrea Marie Psoras (Vote Here)
Chuck Baldwin & Darrell Castle (Constitution Party)
Roger Calero & Alyson Knnedy (Socialist Workers Party)
Brian Moore & Stewart Alexander (Socialist Party USA)
Cynthia Mc Kinney [sic] & Rosa Clemente (Green Party)

*also running as an incumbent U.S. senator in Delaware
**also running for a U.S. senate seat in New Jersey

I'm a bit perplexed on why there are three different socialism candidates (and no candidate from the Workers World Party). Maybe they're just pushing collective ownership of the election process? One day, everyone will be on the ballot for president.

It's been a long election, getting started sometime in June of 1988, and originally having 2,576 candidates from both parties. It was essentially narrowed down to Obama and McCain. There were things to like about both candidates. Obama has a nice jump shot, while McCain's mobility and charisma is remisicent of a grumpier Bob Dole.

I don't really need to go on too much about the election. If you want to read about some relevant political debate, type "Obama is an Arab" into your favorite search engine. In the meantime, I want to leave you with this great quote. Everyone has heard about the Canadian Masked Avengers pranking Sarah Palin. My favorite part:

"Yes, yes, I understand we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France. It's called Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit."

EDIT: Oh yeah, don't forget to vote on your local propositions/referendums/public questions! Vote against anything bigoted or monumentally stupid.


cleter said...

Future historians will probably think we had a thriving Socialist political culture, able to support multiple Socialist candidates.

Nice to see Nader branching about a bit. If you run twice in one party, and the lightning doesn't strike, you should naturally jump to another party. I'm sure he'll do better now that he's freed from the shackles of the Green party.

ChrisV82 said...

I wanted to look up how these guys did, but I'm a bit swept up in the Obama victory. I'm actually curious if Jeff Boss got more than 10 votes. His party is "vote here," though.

Chuckling said...

Don't know if you read fiction or not. If so, "The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta" is a great novel (on several levels) that incidentally makes fun of the inevitable fractures within factions within divisions of any Socialist movement. Obama's organiztional success is the best evidence he's not a socialist. A real socialist couldn't organize a car pool without dissention followed rapidly by dissolution.

ChrisV82 said...

I do read fiction and I'm always looking for a good book. In only the past 250 years there have been millions of books produced, and I will never read all of them, so I take recommendations. I will look into picking that up from the library.